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  1. I'm thinking out loud here and would love for someone to "chat" with me. My 15 yo has taken several classes the last 2 years in a tutorial program - specfically language, science and literature. The academic quality of the classes is excellent, but the workload skews our rhythm at home (often). He's neutral about next year. He'll go if I want him to or do everything at home, if I want. My husband feels he should do at least one class where he has to answer to someone else's whims and expectations. He has a lot of initiative, so I know he'll get the work done. I'm just trying to think through what's best for him. Any thoughts?
  2. Hi! My daughter is entering 7th next fall and I can't decide what to do! We have finished SOTW (loved it with the activity book) and I'm wanting to choose something that will go from 7th through high school that has good literature as well. I've ruled out Sonlight, but I've heard great things about MFW. I like the look of Omnibus by VP, but worry that it's too heavy. I want to do some great books, but 50 a week might overwhelm us! ;) I want to be able to interact with her on a deeper level, but still have 3 (maybe 4 soon) littler ones to teach so it must be a bit self directed. Nothing too teacher intensive. I've heard Bob Jones' stuff is complete, but is it a bit dry? And I long for her to read great books. And finally, how in the world do you find something that meets all the credit requirements for high school / college bound kids? Do any of these cover all the different subjects required like world, us, econ, gov? As you can hear, I'm a bit freaked out as the older years look like a gaping pit of unknowns looming before me. I'd soooooo appreciate any advice, comments, or prayer you want to throw my way. Just for extra info, we'll be using: MUS, Writing Strands and IEW, Apologia Science, Rosetta Stone, Spelling Power, Easy Grammar, and Who knows What for Logic or Vocab. Please tell me what you use and what you love about it. Please? Rondi
  3. After 20 years of offering my children a classical education, it has become clear that these days it is key to be more familiar with digital technology. We have technology hour 3 times per week to learn a new aspect of technology. Here is a film my son and daughter produced for a video competition. The competition asked students to create an 8-minute film explaining an essay about the Great Depression. What do you do in your school to teach technology? Here is a link to the film:
  4. I really think I jumped the gun this year. We picked out Oak Meadow 9 this year and started back in September. I finally decided to give up on it. Nothing is sinking in and he finds it horribly boring. We don't interact at all because of how it is set up. He is just lacking the skills to accomplish the work. So, I ordered Writing with Skill for him. So, his language arts work is going to be Italics, Writing with Skill, reading of his choice. He writes summaries of HOAW as well. I am trying to not focus on how things will look on a transcript. Instead I need to focus on the levels and getting him towards the goals he needs to meet. I can keep track of the work he accomplishes and make a transcript later. Any thoughts? Anything you would add? Commiseration perhaps. He has excellent spelling, vocabulary, and memory recall!
  5. Has anyone used either of these programs? Any input on them would be great. :) Specifically, I am looking for what you thought of them overall, but also if, while you were attending, how the courses looked, and what the work was like. Finally, once you are enrolled, if you take courses at the local college, or at the local high school, is it easy to transfer them? All help is really appreciated, thank you!!!! :)
  6. I am starting a Latin program at the school where I teach. I am self taught so I am not familiar with most textbooks for students. I could use some suggestions for Latin textbooks for 9th or 10th grade students who have no previous exposure to Latin.
  7. World for high school? We have one more volume of SOTW (which we are using with MFW) left. I am not sure that I want to continue with MFW for high school. My boys absolutely love everything about SOTW. If you have used or are using HOAW for hs, please tell me about it. I realize that there aren't tests or a TM and this concerns me some. I really like having everything laid out for me. Is geography apart of this book as well? :bigear: Thanks!!
  8. To make a long story short, my mother and I are looking at homeschooling me. We want a program that is flexible, because I am a gymnast and have to train many hours a week, and will allow us to add in and receive credit for courses taken at my local high school and community college later. We would be starting for the second semester of ninth grade, or the first of tenth, and are looking at various curriculum options. We want it to be accredited, and keep track of grades and transscripts, etc, etc. So, the places we have considered are as followed: Bridgeway Academy, University of Indiana High School, Keystone High School, Laurel Springs, North Dakota Center for Distance Education, MU High School, Northstar, and CMA of Arts and Sciences. Has anyone heard of or used these schools before? Do you have any opinions or recommendations?? Any help is greatly appreciated!!
  9. Or I should say "how can it be" or maybe even "how should it be"? I'm a homeschool high school newbie because ds14 is only in 9th grade but we're struggling a bit. It feels like we've transplanted the stress and pressure of p.s. (or maybe a really good college prep high school with good quality classes) to our home. I guess I'm asking what high school ideally should look like at home. I want rigor, not for the sake of having rigor, but because rigorous classes are more interesting and stretch our brains. (Ds14 isn't a slouch, I don't think. He's reading Oedipus Rex, doing chemistry and Algebra, Logic, Latin, Classical guitar and finishing up Analytical Grammar.) But how can we have the rigor without the stress? Or is stress ok? Or are we wimps to be stressed at all? Sorry for the angst in this post - today ended with ds14 having a meltdown after only getting 5 problems done in chemistry after working for 75 minutes. I have a tutor for him so we're addressing any actual instruction issues with it taking him so long. But if it isn't chemistry, then it's Latin that's causing the headaches or perhaps it's Classical guitar. The stress is from trying to get 7 subjects done excellently every day. Is there another way to do this? Is it ok to do it another way?
  10. Seeing the topic last week about making sure you're ready to commit to all of high school once you get to ninth grade got me thinking. I don't have any problem committing to all of high school. There is no other option here for us, so we're good there. But I was preparing to send in my letter for this year indicating that we are using the non-registered private school option (however they phrase that), when I started wondering about TOPS. We doubt that ds will go to an in-state university, but now some of the private schools are covered too. With the economy like it is, we should probably leave the in-state schools as an option for us, so it would be good to remain eligible for TOPS. I know that in order to get TOPS you have to do the homeschooling option where you get state approval and submit portfolios and/or test scores, etc. But I wasn't sure how many years you had to be under that plan before graduation--all 4? So I started trying to read through all of the homeschooling law and all of the TOPS regulations and it appears that we would only have to be under that plan for his last two years of high school. I just wanted to see if anyone here could confirm that. I would rather stay in the private option this year if possible and make the switch next year if necessary. We haven't decided if we are going to graduate him a year early or do the full 4 years of high school. Thanks for any insight you have!
  11. This year I want to use Ambleside Online to go along with Bible, History, and English, but I have no clue what I am supposed to do. I am in the 11th grade and I am a little confused with the intructions on how I am supposed to use it. Could someone explain how I am supposed to use this?:bigear:
  12. Has anyone done ACE for HS? I'm really not I terested in the ACE school reviews.did u supplement? What subjects? What did you use?
  13. My 14-yo daughter basically skipped 8th grade and did all ninth-grade work last year, including self-studying for an AP test. This year, she would be doing tenth-grade work. However, we're not sure if graduating early would be the best thing to do - she is interested in some selective colleges, and she would be at a disadvantage compared to other applicants because they would have an extra year of work under their belts. If we did not graduate early, she would be able to continue studying subjects in depth during high school. If she did graduate early, how would we mark all the work done in 8th grade on her transcript? Does anyone have any opinions on graduating early, especially as it concerns applying to selective schools? Thanks.
  14. Hi everyone, I would like to get opinions about which "how to" books you have found the most useful for high school. Some books I am considering: Homeschooling High School by Jeanne Gowen Dennis High School at Home by Diana Johnson Senior High: A Home Designed Form-u-la by Barb Shelton Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell Homeschooling the Teen Years by Cafi Cohen Any others? I have taken the Transcript Boot Camp class by Inge Cannon, it was very helpful. Oddly, I am not too stressed out by the concept of making a transcript -- it's the "getting there" that worries me more. PS- if there is already a thread on this, can someone point me to it? Thanks.
  15. Georgia Graduation Rates may drop as much as 16%. Check it out: http://www.ajc.com/news/grad-rate-could-fall-831614.html:001_huh:
  16. Has anyone here gone through transition planning with a child in special education with the public school? I’m interested in hearing about other’s experiences and whether the school provided extra services that you couldn’t as a homeschooler.
  17. My dd (14) attends an all-girls Catholic high school where she is expected to act like a young lady and be treated like a young lady. My daughter has experienced several things out our church that I find inappropriate. She has heard high school boys screaming the "f" word. This weekend she attended a youth Christmas party with a white elephant gift exchange; the gift she received was a pair of used men's boxers and a bra--I view this as a totally inappropriate gift for a 14-year old girl to receive at a party for boys and girls. I have raised these issues with the youth director and basically got "don't be surprised" and teach your daughter not to be surprised when things like this happen. He went on about how he wouldn't apologize for the students who were attending because they needed grace extended to them. (At no point has he made any statement to the group about the inappropriateness or addressed my daughter's discomfort witht he situations.) My stance is that if I take my 14-year old daughter needs to be nurtured at church. She needs to be supported in standing up and saying this is NOT the way to talk/act anywhere, but it is definitely NOT OK in God's house. I would like any input or suggestions others might have.
  18. I know homeschooling thru high school isn't just for the well-off, but I'm at a loss at how to do it "economically." I've looked into some online homeschool co-ops that offer classes on a donation basis, but I would still need to supplement some coursework with local classes and/or CD-Rom programs (and the cost does not look "cheap"). Please share how you homeschool your high school student with limited economic resources.
  19. My dyslexic daughter is reading at a grade 1 level and wants to go back to public school next year. Any tips or advice on this dilemma? Primary School was hellish to say the least for us both and I am worried about banging my head against a brick wall with teaching staff again. This time though I am not as vulnerable and we all know what the problem is also I have an advocate willing to work with me. Can any-one tell me about what could possibly be the best approach with a school so that I am not stone walled all the time - or am I crazy to go back into this quagmire again ? http://ltuilc.blogspot.com/
  20. How did you deal with the discussion needs of the curriculum? Did you just have one on one discussions with the child? How did it work? Harry
  21. Has anyone used this as a "class" with their child? Home School, High School, & Beyond: A Time Management, Career Exploration, Organizational & Study Skills Course by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon I tried searching the boards & I only came up with one person who said she was going to use it and one who said she liked it, but no more info. I am thinking of creating a "career exploration / skills" elective for my rising 9th grader. I have several materials in mind, but I'm wishing for some sort of lesson plans for at least part of the semester. Would this work? Also, there is apparently a new, 7th edition out. I'd love to know if it's "better" than previous editions. Julie
  22. Has anyone used this as a "class" with their child? Home School, High School, & Beyond: A Time Management, Career Exploration, Organizational & Study Skills Course by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon I tried searching the boards & I only came up with one person who said she was going to use it and one who said she liked it, but no more info. I am thinking of creating a "career exploration / skills" elective for my rising 9th grader. I have several materials in mind, but I'm wishing for some sort of lesson plans for at least part of the semester. Would this work? Also, there is apparently a new, 7th edition out. I'd love to know if it's "better" than previous editions. Julie
  23. Does reading a book to your high school student count as them reading it? Our 9th grade son has to read books and list them on his transcript. Will it count if my wife read its out loud? What if we get two copies and she reads a page and he reads a page? Matt
  24. My wife homeschools our 2 kids (12 and 14) following TWTM philosophy and curriculum plan. Now that our oldest is entering 9th grade, it seems that compiling the curriculum is the hardest ever and the time commitment required by my wife the most she's ever had to give. She is immersed in it and her understanding is light years ahead of mine, but I'm trying to support her more than ever. My primary concern is -- with most other curriculum packages, the homeschooling teacher receives lesson plans that outline "use this book and these pages on this day" and it's all very organized. But, with the classical TWTM approach, my wife has to create her own lesson plans and it's a tremendous amount of work. I see no other homeschooling mother in our church putting this much work into preparing the school year. I've asked her, "Why is it that so many people are involved in TWTM approach, but no one has created lesson plans for each grade that specifies exactly what to do each day, using which books and resources?" I understand that each teacher has options for texts and resources, but there are thousands of homeschoolers who have been doing this for years.
  25. Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and a bit nervous. I am looking to prepare myself to better teach physics. I will be teaching part-time this coming year and still homeschooling my kiddos. I am mathematically and scientifically inclined (life sciences - that is); however, I have not had a physics class in about 18 years. I am leaning toward Apologia b/c that is what my kids use, but I am wondering what your thoughts might be. I want something that is sound, provides lots of examples, and is written for the average high school student to understand. Thanks for your insight!
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